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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The idea that there is a sharp divide between nomadic hunter-gatherers and sedentary food producers is what?
(a) True in all areas
(b) A scientific guess
(c) A misconception
(d) Based on historical evidence

2. What is Diamond's primary question in Chapter 7?
(a) Why hunter-gatherers adopted plant production
(b) How ancient farmers domesticated plants
(c) How hunter-gathereres found food
(d) Why domesticated animals became extinct

3. Why was the first occupation of Australia important?
(a) It killed off the most large mammals.
(b) It was the first occupation on any continent.
(c) It was the biggest occupation on any continent.
(d) It required watercraft.

4. Independent food production appears to have begun where?
(a) The eastern edge of Canada
(b) South America
(c) Siberia
(d) The Fertile Crescent

5. Which location did not see a mass extinction of large mammals that was as large as other locations?
(a) North America
(b) Australia
(c) New Guinea
(d) Africa

Short Answer Questions

1. All people were once what?

2. The Moriori lived as which of the following?

3. Which of these food items was domesticated most recently?

4. The ability of societies to have non-food producing specialists, like soldiers, was due to what?

5. Traditional arguments seeking to explain domination have often focused on what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

2. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

3. What is one other explanation (different than Diamond's) to explain the uneven distribution of wealth and power.

4. How did the ability to use domesticated plants and animals differentiate the Polynesian societies?

5. Infectious diseases that become epidemics tend to share what characteristics?

6. Why does Diamond believe that a shift in climate is not the best explanation for the mass extinctions of animals?

7. How does food production relate to a greater population?

8. How do inventions spread between societies?

9. How does the shift to sedentary lifestyles change societies?

10. Fourteen species of large mammals were domesticated. Why weren't other species?

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